11 Easy Home Decor Updates with the BIGGEST Impact!

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If your house needs a revamp, you might be forgiven for thinking that you need to spend thousands of pounds, and go through all manner of upheaval to achieve the look you really want to see in your space. You’d be dead wrong. Of course, if you have a lot of money and resources to throw at it, you can achieve amazing things with your home decor, but a small budget can have a surprisingly huge impact too, as you will see below…

1. Change Your Handles

Let’s start with something really small: handles. You’d be surprised how swapping out old, dull handles on cabinets and drawers can modernise a room faster than you can say “Allen key.” Go for sleek, modern designs in brushed nickel or warm it up with antique brass for that chic, vintage look. It’s like giving your furniture a mini facelift!

2. Throw in Some Throw Pillows

Next up, let’s talk cushions. Or as they should be called, “the instant makeover miracle.” A few well-chosen throw pillows can transform a tired sofa into a statement piece, add a pop of colour to a dull room, and make your old armchair look like it’s straight out of a glossy magazine. Mix textures and patterns to keep things interesting.

3. Light It Up With Lamps

Lighting can make or break the vibe of a room. Forget harsh overhead lights and dot a few stylish lamps around the place. They provide softer lighting that can make any room feel cosier and more inviting. Plus, choosing funky or unusual lamps can be a great conversation starter when you’ve run out of weather chat.

4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Adding a mirror can transform a space almost as well as a fairy godmother, except you don’t have to be home by midnight. Mirrors bounce light around a room, making it feel larger and brighter. Place a large floor mirror in a small room and watch the space expand before your eyes.

5. Paint an Accent Wall

If you’re feeling brave, why not paint an accent wall? It’s less commitment than painting a whole room but can define an area and set the mood. Choose a bold colour that contrasts with the other walls for maximum impact. It’s the perfect way to refresh a room without the drama of a full redecoration.

6. Plant Some Green Friends

Houseplants are more than just pretty faces; they breathe a little life into any room. They also improve air quality, so it’s a win-win. You don’t need a jungle—just a few well-placed plants can make a huge difference. Not got green fingers? Opt for low-maintenance pals like succulents or snake plants.

7. Artful Additions

No need to splash out on a Picasso—just a few pieces of cool, quirky art can really personalise your space. Art doesn’t have to match your sofa, it just has to speak to you (not literally, unless you’re into that). Mix high street finds with market stall treasures for an eclectic mix that screams ‘you’.

8. Rugs That Wow

Now, throw down a rug. Rugs anchor a room, define zones, and add warmth and texture. They can be statement pieces or harmonise a space with subtle hues and textures. Plus, your feet will thank you.

9. Update Window Dressings

Refreshing your window dressings can dramatically change the feel of any room. Swap out heavy, dated curtains for light, airy ones to let in more natural light and brighten the space. Alternatively, Roman blinds can offer a sleek, clean look that modernizes windows without overwhelming them. It’s an instant lift for your rooms, transforming the mood with just a swish and flick.

10. Accessorize Your Shelves

Don’t underestimate the power of a well-styled shelf. Mix up your book arrangements with horizontal and vertical stacks and intersperse with intriguing objects like vintage finds, framed photos, or vibrant vases. This small tweak adds character and a personal touch, turning your bookcases or shelves into features of intrigue rather than just storage.

11. Swap Out Old Fixtures

Changing old or outdated fixtures like light switches, door knobs, and even electrical outlets can make more of a difference than you might think, Sure, it’s a pretty subtle change, but when you have spent time renovating and improving the rest of the house, it’s the little things that will really show how much thought you’ve put into creating a cohesive and sophisticated space.

And there you have it! Transforming your home decor doesn’t require a sledgehammer or a second mortgage. Just a few small changes can freshen up your space and make a huge impact. So go on, give those tweaks a try and watch your home style credentials soar!

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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